- India’s first commercial observatory to be established in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand
- It will be manufactured by the space sector start-up ‘Digantara’.
Uttarakhand Observatory: India’s first commercial space situational awareness observatory will be set up in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region to monitor objects up to 10 cm in size orbiting the Earth. It will be built by space sector start-up ‘Digantara’. The Space Situational Awareness (SSA) observatory will help India monitor any activity in space, including space debris and military satellites hovering over the region. Right now, with its observatories located in various locations and additional information provided by commercial companies from around the world, the United States is most effective at tracking debris and other objects in space.
These will be the benefits of the observatory in Uttarakhand
Digantara Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anirudh Sharma said: “The Observatory in Uttarakhand will help bridge the critical gap in SSA activities in the region, as these activities are currently lacking between Australia and South Africa.” The position tracking network on the ground along with high quality surveillance will help track the activities happening in space. “With this data, it will be able to reduce the risk of collisions between satellites and other spacecraft by more accurately predicting their location, speed and trajectory,” Sharma said.
The observatory will provide indigenous capacity to monitor
Anirudh Sharma said the observatory will also allow India’s natives to monitor space activity in the subcontinent. He said several Russian satellites were seen hovering over the region before the war in Ukraine. Sharma said: “For example, if Chinese satellites are observed in a particular region of India for a long period of time, it would be beneficial for India to have indigenous capabilities without relying on countries like the US to monitor these activities. Is.” He said that India monitors objects in space using ‘Multi-Object Tracking Radar’ and having an SSA observatory will greatly benefit India in this area.
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